Tumbler Ridge Secondary

In honour of our grade 12 students, who were our first Go kart project group, staff at Tumbler Ridge Secondary have created the TRSS trackway and loop! The loop gives students a visual for maintaining distancing and orderly movement throughout the school, and it also even teaches a bit of road safety :)

There is a presentation attached below that walks you though the entire loop and track. 

A big thank-you goes out to all of our amazing staff for their work in bringing the vision for this track to life!

May 26, 2020
Dear Families, Students, Staff and Community:
On June 2, 2020, SD 59 is moving into yet another stage of the BC Education Restart Plan.  June 1, 2020 will find our teachers engaged in professional development as published in the 2019/20 school calendar. On June 2, 2020, we will be welcoming more students into our schools and hope their experience will be engaging and filled with positive and fun learning.

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening playgrounds effective June 2, 2020.  We will be posting signage indicating that playgrounds will be reserved for school use only during the school day with information about physical distancing.  It will be noted that no special cleaning of equipment will occur.  Health and safety protocols for use of playgrounds during the school day are included in our updated protocol.

To align with Stage 3 of the BC Education Restart Plan, we have developed new health and safety protocols, again referencing the recommended health and safety protocols for staff and students.  The new protocol will be available at the school and posted on the school district website.  The health and safety of your child and our staff remains our first priority.  Schools will develop and communicate the procedures for students and staff in line with the protocols for safe operation of the school.  There may be signage to help direct traffic and classrooms will be set up to simplify physical distancing recommendations.

Schools have been gathering information about which students will be attending in June and which students will require busing. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will have the option to attend two days per week while students in Grades 6-12 will have the option to attend one day per week.  Schools will be communicating with parents about which days their child will attend and the requirement to assess the health of their child before sending them to school.

As I stated earlier, at-home learning will continue to occur for those students not choosing on-site instruction.  Teachers will be balancing the delivery of instruction for students at home and at school for the month of June.  They will continue to provide work for students at home, however, their contact time with children at home may be reduced.  Teachers will have Wednesdays available to focus on the students who continue to learn from home.
Schools will continue to be closed to the public. If you need to make an appointment to meet with a teacher or principal, please make arrangements ahead of time by contacting the school via e-mail or phone.  Outside drop off and pick up routines will be communicated by each school.

Please address any questions you might have to your school principal.  I always thank you for your patience and I do so again.  The constant change in the past ten weeks have been a challenge for all of us and the uncertainty continues.  We will continue to communicate with you and work through any issues that might arise as we enter into Stage 3 of the Education Restart Plan.

Candace Clouthier
Superintendent SD 59 Peace River South

May 15, 2020

Dear Families, Students, Staff and Community: 

I want to provide you with an update to my letter from earlier this week.  You may be aware that Premier Horgan and Education Minister Fleming held a press conference this morning outlining the plan for students to return to school on a part-time basis in June.  The return for students will be a choice for parents.  If you choose to keep your child at home for the remainder of this school year, your child will continue to receive their school program from home.

At the district level, we will begin planning to put in place the recommended health and safety protocols for staff and students.  The health and safety of your child and our staff remains our first priority.

While at this time, we do not have specific details of what the rest of the plan will be for June in SD 59, I and school principals will continue to keep you up to date.  We need to gather information and coordinate the part-time education of your child, addressing numbers in the classroom and school, busing, staffing, and addressing health and safety.  You will be hearing from principals or teachers to ask if you are going to send your child to school on a part-time basis in June.  Following that, we will be communicating with you, the plan and schedule for what the part-time education will be in each school.  At home learning will continue to occur but may look a bit different, as teachers welcome students back into the classroom.

The first day for part-time education in schools will begin on June 2, 2020.  Staff will be engaged in a non-instructional day for June 1, 2020 as published in the 2019/20 school calendar.

Please address any questions you might have to your school principal.  I want to thank teachers, principals and all staff as they work to once again to define a new different way of offering education.  I thank you for your patience as we move into yet another stage of the K-12 Education Restart Plan.


Candace Clouthier

Superintendent SD 59 Peace River South

Parents/Guardians and Students,

Here is a short (6 minute) video on how google classroom works. It's important to pay attention to the last minute or so as this shows students how to see their returned work.


You can also view some presentations (to the left) on google classroom for both parents and students. 


Here is the information for collecting work packages from TRSS. This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Work Package pick-up Days will be every Wednesday.

The work package Drop off box will be put outside the front doors of the school daily from 9am - 4pm. Students need to make sure their name and grade is on ALL pages of their work.

Students may come to pick up and drop off their work packages.

Procedure for Work Package Pick-ups
Grade 7 and 8 – Middle Doors (by the flagpole) 
Grade 9, 10, 11 & 12 – Main entrance       

10:30 - 11:30am. Please follow the orange pylons for physical distancing.

Other instructions

  • If you have more than one student at TRSS requiring a work package, your ELDEST student’s envelope will contain work for all family members who attend TRSS if work packages were requested for them.
  • Please follow physical distancing (6ft apart and will be marked with pylons) to ensure distancing while on the school property.
  • Anyone not following social distancing will be asked to leave. We ask that everyone please wait patiently for your turn and maintain physical distancing.

If your student needs to pick-up locker items, please call the school at 250-242-4227 to make an appointment to pick these items up.


You can find our teacher schedules attached. Teachers have sent out individual schedules to students, and the document below is a summary for parents. Please note that Teachers are making themselves available throughout the day, but there are times where teachers will be unavailable.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Tumbler Ridge parent community for your continued support and communication throughout this suspension of in-person instruction. We know it isn't easy to manage, but we see great quality work coming in from our students - so thank you for your support in making that happen!

We have noticed, however, that there are a number of work packages that still need to be picked up. If your student cannot pick up their package at the scheduled Wednesday time from 10:30-11:30, please call the school at 250-242-4227 to arrange pick up and we will make sure someone is at the door for you or your student.

Parents, Guardians, and Students of Tumbler Ridge Secondary School,

On behalf of the staff at Tumbler Ridge Secondary, we hope that you are as well as you can be during this trying time.  As you know, in class instruction has been suspended and schools are not open to the public.  Our staff is working diligently this week to develop plans around the Continuity of Learning for our students.  Learning at home will be a different experience for many, and a focus on their studies will enable students to keep on track.

Continuation of Learning:

You should expect to receive communication from your child’s teachers by April 6th regarding education plans for their classes. At this time, we are asking parents to provide feedback on communication and technology access at home. Staff will be sending out messages to all parents with a short survey. Please send a response to the questions by replying to the email.

If you do not have computer/internet access in your home, we will work with you to adapt learning plans. Our goal is for all students to be able to complete the required assignments with the resources they have in their homes.

As teachers work through a continuation of education plan, know that they will have guidelines regarding curriculum and expectations of time or volume of work.  There will also be arrangements for work to be returned and assessed.  Some of this may be on-line or through work packages.  We know this may be particularly challenging and stressful time for our students in Grade 12.  We will be working to support our Grade 12’s in completing their requirements for graduation and hope those students will be able to celebrate their graduation in a meaningful way. 

Student Belongings:
We are asking students/parents to call the office (250-242-4227) to make an appointment to pick up student belongings starting on Wednesday April 1st.  We will share a plan for the pick-up of items from the school this week through our website and social media outlets. Please do not otherwise come to the school as it is closed to the public at this time.

As we continue to plan this week, please watch the SD59 and TRSS websites and social media sites for information and updates. Attached is a FAQ with answers to commonly asked questions about continuation of instruction and what this week will look like. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the school. 

Stay safe and take care,

Ryan McGuire
Tumbler Ridge Secondary School

Hello Parents/Guardians,

A letter (attached) was sent home with students on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 regarding an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and international travel over march break as well as information for parents on protecting yourselves and your children. Extra copies are available at the front office if you need or would likea physical copy.

Also, the school district has provided some additional resources and information for parents on the COVID-19 virus: https://www.sd59.bc.ca/node/7308

Have a safe and happy March break!

Ryan McGuire


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